Posts tagged: pumpkin foods


By , August 23, 2013

Yesterday, Aly and I declared Pumpkinpalooza.

Last November, just after Halloween, Michelle and I purchased a few Jack O’Lantern pumpkins for eating (see Don’t Trash Your Treats! Pumpkins Make Good Eats). We’ve found that, like other winter squashes, pumpkins keep very well in a dark corner of the cabin. They keep so well that they often outlive the seasons with which we associate most of the foods we make from them. This happened to one medium-sized pumpkin. It lasted up until yesterday, when, inspired by the autumnal day, we set to work on it.

Stored 11 months, this pumpkin is still fresh and ready for Pumpkinpalooza (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger)

Stored 11 months, this pumpkin is still fresh and ready for Pumpkinpalooza (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger)

We planned to bake a variety of goodies from it yesterday: pumpkin bread, (see Homemade Pumpkin Bread for Halloween) pie, perhaps a spice cake. We also thought of pumpkin soup, but we’d already harvested enough fresh mushrooms to make mushroom soup for dinner. Instead, we only got as far as the pumpkin bread. We’ve eaten a little of the pumpkin, heated with butter and salt, but we still have a whole lot left to make more treats. We also have yet to decide how to season the seeds for roasting.

Our weather has turned cooler, windy, and the much-needed rain should start this afternoon. It’s a perfect day to fill the house with the aroma of pumpkin spices!


Recipe: Pumpkin Risotto with Wild Mushrooms

By , November 20, 2012

When Aly graduated from Mud Bay Home School, we made sure she had a recipe box that included many of the family favorites, plus cards and room for a lot more. Perhaps we needn’t have bothered. She has Internet access at her apartment, and it seems she uses this blog as a recipe source far more than the box!

To wit: I recently discovered a great recipe for Pumpkin Risotto with Wild Mushrooms. I tried it out on Michelle last week, and told Aly about it. She’s now thinking of using it to take advantage of her recent mushroom foraging to make a side dish for the Thanksgiving dinner she’ll be attending with southern family. Michelle and I will be participating in three Thanksgiving feasts this week (so far) and are thinking of making the dish for each of them.

The recipe has been languishing in a binder full of clippings for at least 8 years. While looking for the “fabled” Martha Washington pumpkin recipe, I stumbled upon this one. It seems to have been clipped from Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion, from an October or November issue, can’t say what year.

As with virtually every recipe we touch, we’ve adapted it to our tastes, resources, and situation.

Pumpkin Risotto with Wild Mushrooms

My first attempt at Pumpkin Risotto with Wild Mushrooms. There’s a story behind why we have a photo of this dish; I’ll try to get that posted soon (Photo: Mark Zeiger).

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